Who Will Preserve and Curate Black America?

NBC News: By Ayofemi Kirby

For centuries, African Americans have used the creative arts to redefine cultural narratives and to share unique aspects of the collective African-American experience with the world.

Social and political progress during the 20th century forced America's most prominent cultural institutions to recognize African-American culture as a discipline worthy of scholarship and to capture this work for exhibition within public forums. Yet significant details and nuances remain absent when presented within dominant American historical and cultural narratives.

Leaders of the country's foremost cultural institutions gathered to examine this issue and the role of 21st century institutions in preserving and presenting the Black American experience during "Curating Black America", the 2015 Marion Thompson Wright Lecture (MTW) at Rutgers University.